Reactions as Senator kneels before ex-Governor Ibori

  A picture showing the Senator representing Delta South Senatorial District, James Manager, kneeling before a former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, has gone viral on social media, eliciting reactions from many Nigerians. In the picture, Senator Manager is seen wearing an Ankara outfit with a face mask below his chin and his hands folded while Ibori in a blue outfit sits on a red and black couch. Ibori was governor of the oil-rich Delta State from 1999 to 2007 but was later convicted for embezzling billions of state funds while Manager has been a senator since 2003 and is one of the longest-serving lawmakers in the country. Ibori has, however, remained influential in the state despite his criminal record. Confirming the authenticity of the photo, an associate of the senator told  The PUNCH  that it was just a sign of respect in Urhobo culture. He said, “Senator went to visit him on Wednesday. Ibori is a senior, a king and an elder to him, being his former boss. Whenever you go t

Delta variant: Nigeria seeing increase in new COVID-19 cases — EHANIRE

IN the wake of the emergence of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal government says  Nigeria has begun to see a pandemic of two tracks – where the Delta variant is tearing through unvaccinated populations. Disclosing this yesterday during a virtual press conference organised by the Africa Regional office of the World Health Organisation, WHO, facilitated by APO Group, the  Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, explained that although the Delta variant, tagged a variant of concern by the WHO was first detected two weeks ago, Nigeria is seeing an increase in the number of new cases. Ehanire, who said that the federal government has paid high priority to COVID-19 response,  recalled the unfortunate surge in cases in India a few months ago and regretted that a similar surge is now being seen in most African countries. Noting that despite the support by the COVAX Facility led by WHO, CEPI, GAVI and UNICEF who have so far delivered 3.9 million vaccine doses to Nigeria, he l